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These on-line excerpts from Confederate General John B. Gordon's memoirs are based on the original 1903 edition published by Scribner's, New York. General Gordon began the war as a civilian coal mine developer in Northwestern Georgia. He was a lawyer by discipline and practiced law for a time in Atlanta. Upon the outbreak of war he headed a group of mountain men and volunteers who were eventually assigned to the Sixth Alabama Regiment. After that, Gordon's education and intelligence assured a rapid rise through the ranks. He fought with great distinction at the battle of Antietam, commanded a brigade in General Early's division at the battle of Gettysburg and was the distinguished Confederate officer saluted by Joshua Chamberlain at Appomattox in 1865:
"At the sound of that machine-like snap of arms, General Gordon started, caught in a moment of its significance, and instantly assumed the finest attitude of a soldier. He wheeled his horse, facing me, touching him gently with the spur, so that the animal slightly reared, and, as he wheeled, horse and rider made one motion, the horse's head swung down with a graceful bow, and General Gordon dropped his sword-point to his toe in salutation."

Joshua L. Chamberlain
Chapter 3 - Manassas or Bull Run
The first great battle of the war—Mishaps and mistakes of the Confederates—Beauregard's lost order—The most eccentric officer in the Confederate army— Anecdotes of his career—The wild panic of the Union troops— Senseless frights that cannot be explained.
Chapter 7 - Antietam
Restoration of McClellan to command of the Federals—My command at General Lee's centre—Remarkable series of bayonet charges by the Union troops—Bravery of the Union commander—A long struggle for life.

WTJ Editor's Note - General Gordon's involvement in the post war effort to discredit General Longstreet is difficult to evaluate. In these memoirs, Gordon is certainly more forgiving of Ewell's error on the first day of Gettysburg than of Longstreet's decisions on the third day. Because he is more neutral than many of Longstreet's other critics, it is difficult to divine his own intent on the issue.

Chapter 11 (first half) - Gettysburg
Why General Lee crossed the Potomac—The movement into Pennsylvania—Incidents of the march to the Susquehanna—The first day at Gettysburg—Union forces driven back—The key of the position—Why the Confederates did not seize Cemetery Ridge
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